Friday, November 1, 2013

Feature Friday - Michael Ciraulo

Today’s feature is a very special one. It’s dedicated to one of Battle Grounds finest citizens. He and his family have given so much to the town I live in for many years, and I am so honored to share not only my endorsement of this man for a continued seat on the Battle Ground City Council, but he was gracious in taking time out of the madness of the campaign to answer a few questions for me.

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Michael Ciraulo.

Michael & Gilda Ciraulo with Jessicca and me.

I’ve known Mike and his wife Gilda for a few years now, thanks to the Galeotti’s. Mike has spent most of his adult life as a firefighter, both in California and in Washington. He is a division chief at Clark County Fire & Rescue in Vancouver, WA, and has been with them since 1994. He spent four years as Mayor for Battle Ground, before stepping back to focus on his family and fire fighting.

Everywhere I go, I see Mike and Gilda. They are not the kind of people to sit back and “hear” about what’s going on, or what the needs of the community are -- they want to see it with their own eyes. That is one of the things that impresses me most about them. Mike has done a great deal for this community in his time on city council, most of which you can find out about by doing a google search on him. 

This year, he has had a challenger to his council seat, and he asked if I would consider endorsing him to retain his spot on the city council. There wasn’t even a hint of hesitation to say yes. I’ve seen how much Mike cares about this community and how much time, effort, and compassion he gives to those who live here. He is honest, integrate, and extremely patient.

Read for yourself and see some of the reasons why I think Mike Ciraulo should and will continue to move this community forward as a city council member for Battle Ground, Washington.

What inspired you to become a council member?

Several things motivated me.  First, my father was a mayor in Southern California and I saw all the good things he was able to accomplish, thus I was able to witness first hand what good politics really are.  Second, when we moved here in 1993, it was obvious that the city was on the verge of tremendous growth and I wanted to help the city grow in a responsible manner.  Finally, my whole life has centered around public service.  Certainly my career as a Firefighter is one outlet for that service.  From coaching youth sports, to volunteering with the food bank, to my involvement in Rotary, I thoroughly enjoy giving back to our community.  Thus to serve on city council seemed like another avenue of service that I could participate in.

What has been your proudest accomplishment for Battle Ground since you’ve been on the council?

I would have to say addressing the racial challenges in our city.  As you may recall, we had a terrible racial incident occur when I was the Mayor.  After talking to many people, it came to my attention that this was not an isolated incident.  We were able to establish a Diversity Task Force that drafted an ordinance for the city addressing diversity and we brought to light an issue that many refused to acknowledge exists in our community.  Did we solve the problem?  Of course not.  But we did make great progress and the discussion continues within the community even to this day on how we can be a more welcoming community.

What are you looking forward to accomplishing for the city in your next term?

My top three accomplishments that I would like to see in my next term are:  The building of a Community Pool/YMCA, the construction of the veterans memorial, and solving some of our transportation challenges.

How did you and Gilda end up in Battle Ground?

I was a Firefighter/Paramedic in Southern California.  After we had our two children, we began talking about wanting to relocate to a better place to raise them.  Then the Rodney King/LA riots happened.  I spent four days involved in that and after that, we were thoroughly convinced that we needed to move.  I saw an advertisement for a job in Vancouver and I decided to take the test. I was offered the job.  Now understand, neither one of us had ever been to the Pacific Northwest before, and we knew not a single person.  It was truly a leap of faith.  I have never regretted that decision!

You recently took a life changing trek on the PCT, how has that changed how you view politics and running to retain your seat on the council?

The most important thing I learned on the PCT was my priorities in life.  While I enjoy serving on city council, it is not one of my top priorities.  My relationship with God is the highest priority, followed by my wife and then my children.  That is what is truly important to me.

I’m on team Ciraulo. You should be too!

Thank you, Mike!

Until Next Time,

Take care of your hearts & ears & vote Ciraulo For Battle Ground City Council!

~Listen With Your Heart~

1 comment:

Dqster said...

Can't go wrong with someone who puts God as the most important part of their life! Amen and amen! Yes I voted Ciraulo!